Miles M. Ishigaki

Dr. Miles M. Ishigaki

Miles M. Ishigaki, grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii playing the clarinet at Kawananakoa Intermediate   School and Roosevelt High School. Active in state solo festivals and honor groups, he was awarded the Honolulu Symphony Award to study with principal clarinet David Shifrin.  Ishigaki studied music at the University of Northern Colorado, and continued graduate work at both Colorado State University and the University of Arizona. Later he moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance.

Ishigaki is presently a Professor of Music at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught applied clarinet, chamber music, music theory and music fundamentals since 1987.  He actively performs as a member of the Fresno State Faculty Clarinet Quartet. From 1989 to 2016 he has served as state chair for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.

His gifted college and pre-college students have won awards in international clarinet competitions and have participated in prestigious regional and national honor ensemble festivals. In addition, students from his studio have received prestigious academic awards: Ronald E. McNair Doctoral grant, Sally Cassanova Doctoral grant, Stanford University internship, Fulbright Scholarship, CSUF President’s-Rodman Scholarship, CSUF President’s-Rodman Graduate Fellowship, University of Oklahoma Graduate Fellowship and UCLA Doctoral Fellowship. Currently, his former students teach in colleges (SUNY Fredonia - applied clarinet, East Tennessee State University - in history, and Cal State Long Beach - in education, George Washington University-DC – in library), serve as K-12 administrators, and are public school teachers.

Ishigaki has taken part in many performances with such groups as the Fresno Philharmonic, Clovis Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma Symphony, Fresno Lyric Opera, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Fort Collins Symphony and the Greeley Philharmonic. His enthusiasm for the solo and chamber repertoire of the clarinet has resulted in his giving numerous concerts in the United States, England, Mexico and Japan; in his being a guest soloist and lecturer at the

Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium; and with directing special arts projects for the CSU Summer Arts Program (“Clarinet Artistry: An eclectic forum” and “Mozart: TheComposer, His Chamber Music and the Clarinet”). He also shares his musical expertise through performances for community organizations such as the American Red Cross, Valley Children’s Hospital, Friends of the Fresno Public Library Series, the Central California Nikkei Foundation and the Japanese American Citizen’s League.

Ishigaki has studied clarinet with David Etheridge, David Harman, Loren Bartlett, and Stanley Shimada, who are all distinguished teachers, that have been closely associated with prominent clarinet teachers in the United States: Stanley Hasty (Eastman School of Music), Himie Voxman (University of Iowa), George Waln (Oberlin Conservatory) and William Gower (University of Northern Colorado). A lively interest in all aspects of the art of performance is a quality that Ishigaki brings to his current research projects: Inspired Accidents - The Interaction of Intuition and Analysis in Teaching Music Performance; Artistic Performance - Developing a connection between the art and science of practice and performance; Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet - Interpretations by Great Artists; and Master Classes with Stanley Hasty and Larry Combs. His research documents intimate experiences and insightful views of musical interpretation by renowned clarinetists: Mark Nuccio, Houston Symphony and Prof. Northwestern University; Larry Combs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Stanley Hasty, Eastman School of Music; George Silfies, St. Louis Orchestra; Leon Russianoff, Juilliard School of Music; Guy Deplus, France; Anton Stalder, Switzerland; Alan Hacker, England; Teruaki Matsushiro, Musashino Academy, Japan; and Chun-Xiao Tao, Central Music Conservatory, China. Ishigaki’s collaborative research with Dr. Michael Rogers (author of The Teaching and Pedagogy of Music Theory) highlights the relevance of music theory and music performance.

The founder of the West Coast Clarinet Congress, Ishigaki serves as a Yamaha Artist Clinician and an active author for Skyepack Inc. – customized digital course packs saving students and institutions costly expenses. He also maintains an active role as a course peer reviewer for both QOLT (Quality Online Teaching) and QM (Quality Matters) online programs of the CSU system. Ishigaki was awarded the Fresno State Provost’s Award Technology in Education 2013 and the University of Northern Colorado Distinguished Alumni Creative Achievement Award in 2006.